The World Cup qualifiers are coming thick and fast with teams across the continent, and the globe, pushing forward in an attempt to secure their spot in Qatar next year. One nation that’ll be feeling pretty confident about their chances of doing so is England, and that confidence only would’ve grown last night as they ran out 4-0 winners over Andorra at Wembley.
They started slow but eventually scored a few late goals to really lift themselves above their minnow opponents, ensuring they maintained their 100% start to life in Group I.
World Cup hope
It’ll sound outlandish to some but we don’t see any reason why the Three Lions can’t make a real push to win the World Cup in Qatar next year. They’ve already proven they can reach the final of the Euros and even though that, in itself, isn’t proof of being able to actually win the whole thing, the only other major threats we can see popping up are Argentina and Brazil. Getting past them is going to be no walk in the park but this England side is really special, and Gareth Southgate is someone we should all have learnt to trust by now.
Over the course of the last few years we’ve seen Andorra really step up their game, to the point where they were actually put in a group with San Marino instead of just being in the same pot right alongside them. In this game you could really see the progression as they held the scoreline to 1-0 until the final ten minutes, and even though morale victories don’t count for a whole lot in international football, there’s reason to believe they could make some waves if given the chance to do so in the Nations League. They aren’t going to win any tournaments anytime soon, but they’re still steadily improving.
The pride is still there
While it’s impossible to ignore the disappointment of the penalty shootout loss to Italy just a few months ago, it’s also been pretty incredible to see how well England have been able to bounce back in these qualifiers. They tore through Hungary and silenced the racists in the crowd, and then against Andorra, they built up a strong atmosphere with Bukayo Saka’s goal being the most heartwarming moment of the entire game. It’s been a tough pill for everyone to swallow but day by day, the healing can continue.
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